The Mariners are guaranteed no worse than a series split with the defending World Series champs, which, let’s face it, is not an outcome most of us would have guessed after they got thoroughly waxed by the Padres in that exhibition game and looked like a team a little jetlagged, a little unsteady. But a series split and one Hunter Strickland implosion away from winning the series sounds pretty good (although a series win and one HSI away from sweeping sounds even better).
(ParkWhiz? Is that like Stadium Pal?) Benintendi is out today after fouling a ball sharply off his knee last night, but will be available off the bench.
Mariners lineup, 1:10 pm vs Red Sox— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) March 31, 2019
Mallex Smith CF
Mitch Haniger RF
Domingo Santana LF
Jay Bruce 1B
Omar Narvaez C
Tim Beckham SS
Ryon Healy 3B
Daniel Vogelbach DH
Dee Gordon 2B
Wade LeBlanc LHP
IT’S A VOGEY START. [breakdancing] PEANUT BUTTER JAY BRUCE AND A VOGEY START. Finally we have broken through the tyranny of the Red Sox lefty starters and our sweet lefty-swinging boy gets a shot. Mallex also returns to the lineup after having a day off as he continues to work back to a full-time role after missing all of Spring Training. Also, Wade! Last night at the ballpark there was a Wade-Marco bit called “co-workers” or something on MarinersVision where they were sitting on beanbag chairs and fighting with play swords, and I MISSED it because I was in a terrible long line, because Red Sox series. If anyone has a link, I would appreciate it. I hope this will be a regular feature.
In other news, this doesn’t sound great:
Mariners closer Hunter Strickland says MRI showed a Grade 2 lat strain (with 1 being best and 3 worst). Says good news it’s not Grade 3 requiring surgery. “It sucks, but you have to find the positives. At least I’ll be back at some point this season.”— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) March 31, 2019
Grade 2 could still be several months, so bullpen adventures will continue as the Mariners seek someone who can protect that narrowest of margins, a four-run lead.